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Do you read the Brontë sisters? I admit I have a weakness for Victorian literature, ever since I first started Jane Eyre on a rainy autumnal afternoon.
Of course I wouldn’t want to actually live in this epoche, but books tend to skim over things like Womens Rights, health care and poverty and instead focus on haunted mansions, horses and unfulfilled, but fiery love.
And, especially with the Brontë sisters, on nature. Roses, the endless moor and storm clouds rolling in – everything just seems to be a little more when compared to how it feels today.
Why I was reminded of their writing? Well, read the claims on the May Lindstrom Honey Mud and see for yourself!
What May Lindstrom claims
An exquisitely distinctive union of raw honey, white halloysite clay, silver, and aromatic plant oils marry to envelop you in an intoxicating and highly addictive ritual.
This silken, pudding-like treat infuses skin with active enzymes while restoring your optimal hydration and individual rhythm.
Prize and size
One pot contains 100 ml and retails for 90 $ on the website here. 100 ml should last you a long time. If you use it as a mask, that is. This is not a daily cleanser! (Not until money is not an issue, that is)
Texture and smell
Warm, a little sweet, with a hint of spice – this cleanser smells like Christmas! The texture, described as pudding-like (am I the only one that finds that offputting?) is dense, silky, and a pleasure to massage all over your face.
Application and effects
If you look at the website, they have a whole ritual dedicated to application. While I tried (and enjoyed) it, I usually don´t fuss around with dedicated massage steps. Just smooth a generous layer over your face, leave that on for 30(-ish) minutes and then rinse with water. The result? Plump, clean and incredibly soft skin.
- Raw Honey with Bee Pollen and Propolis: Honey is a humectant, it is antibacterial, healing and the pollen and propolis are a source of antioxidants and flavonoids
- Kaolin: Clay, oil absorbing, pore refining, clears congestion
- Macadamia ternifolia seed oil: lightweight, occlusive, high in linoleic acid
- Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginia) Water: Promotes healing, oil-control, anti-acneic
- Colloidal Silver: Antiinflammatory, antibacterial, promotes healing (study results exist, but are conflicting and from medical wound dressing, not skincare)
- Theobroma Cacao Oleoresin: Emollient, rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids
- Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C to increase collagen production
- Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil: Soothing, antibacterial, rich in antioxidants
- Vanilla Planifolia Essential Oil: Soothing, antibacterial, rich in antioxidants
- Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil: Antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory
- Boswellia Serrate Gum (Frankincense) Oil: anti-inflammatory
- Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil: antibacterial
Emollients,humectants and a bunch of essential oils, some extras like Colloidal Silver added in for good measure – this is feel good skincare for sure. Whether or not the claimed benefits are entirely true is not mine to judge, but the blend makes my skin feel so good I am inclined to believe them.
Does it live up to its claims?
Skepticism aside (How am I to judge the individual rhythm of my skin? What does that even mean?), this mask leaves my face feeling plump, nourished, hydrated and calm. It is the equivalent to a spa weekend for the skin.
Would I repurchase?
The price tag is hefty, and my skin is usually not dehydrated, so I have a hard time justifying having it in my stash. If it were though, this one would ever leave my cabinet for sure.
I wonder if they do sales?
Who do I recommend it to?
Dry, dehydrated, acne-prone. These skin types benefit the most from a product like this, as it clears without stripping and nourishes without being too heavy.